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Outdoors: Voice of Audubon

Monday, February 8, 2016

A greater white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were found in Longmeadow. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A northern shrike is still being seen at the Moran Wildlife Management Area in Windsor. A short-eared owl is still being reported in Northampton. A Barrow’s goldeneye and Iceland, glaucous and lesser black-backed gulls continue to be reported in Turners … 0

Speaking of Nature: The American bald eagle

Sunday, February 7, 2016

For many of us, the official date of the European discovery of the New World is 1492. It was in that year that Christopher Columbus … 0

Kids & Critters: Puffy birds

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I was having some trouble coming up with an idea for this month’s Kids & Critters when I remembered that my colleague Mr. L has … 0

Speaking of Nature: The Mallards of UMass

Monday, December 21, 2015

Last week, despite the lack of snow (thank you, El Nino), I felt myself pulled to my study where I keep a supply of greeting cards at the ready. It was time to send out some holiday correspondence … 0

Speaking of Nature: Looking for woodpeckers...and finding a finch of unusual feathers

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Back in November I caught sight of an odd-looking downy woodpecker that was hanging around my feeders. This particular male had some rufous feathers around the face and throat that definitely stood out as being a little out … 0

Kids & Critters: Hidden, hibernating butterfly

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

O n Thanksgiving day in 2014 I woke up at my house to discover that it had snowed overnight. This wasn’t the simple dusting of snow that you sometimes get late in the autumn, either. No, this was … 0

Trail Mix

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Speaking of Nature: The long-range traveler

Monday, November 23, 2015

Last week, while sitting around one of the faculty dining tables at lunch, the topic of Thanksgiving vacation inevitably came up. Each of the teachers took a turn describing his or her plans for the coming week and … 0

Speaking of Nature: Fearing for the house finch

Monday, November 16, 2015

I can’t remember a time when there weren’t house finches around. I don’t have any sense of when I first became aware of their existence, but it’s been so long that they’ve taken up residence in my mind … 0

Trail Mix

Monday, November 16, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Voice of Audubon

Monday, November 16, 2015

Red-headed woodpeckers continue to be reported reported along the Bark Haul and West Road trails in the Longmeadow flats. A short-eared owl was found in the Arcadia Meadows in Northampton. A cackling goose was seen on the Campus Pond at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Two long-tailed … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often … 0

Kids & Critters: The red-breasted nuthatch

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I looked through my records and discovered that I’ve focused on plants for the past four months. Since the summer growing season is behind us now, which means most plants are starting to die back or go dormant, … 0